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A Season to Give Thanks

November 18, 2020

“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.”
-Ephesians 1:15

I have had such joy seeing the responses from so many of you as you’ve either received or delivered our generosity kits. One of the best parts of this has been that the joy of the delivery crew is equal to that of the recipients. We’ve all missed one another so much, and the opportunity to be tangibly reminded of our community has been a real blessing. This coming Sunday at 4.00pm in the parking lot we will have another chance to give thanks. We will thank God for all we have and tangibly express that in our pledges to support our community. The clergy will bless your pledge cards, you can pick up a pie treat, and also pick up an Advent wreath kit and children’s ministry packets for the Advent season.

Our celebration of Thanksgiving feels particularly important, especially as some of us celebrate differently. The day still gives us an opportunity to take stock of all we do have and be thankful. Our community will gather by Zoom at noon on Thanksgiving Day to pray with one another and give thanks for one another. We have an opportunity to support the San Antonio Food Bank with Thanksgiving donations as well, more information below.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is also the first Sunday of Advent. We have some new worship opportunities on the horizon for Advent and Christmas in response to our surveys and the installation of new technology to stream our worship services live going forward. Stay tuned for an email this Friday for details on new outdoor services and Sunday morning options to gather in person.

I was joking the other day that this seems like the longest Advent season we’ve ever had. It hardly seems like we need a liturgical observation to pause and wait this year. But all joking aside, we do need to continue to gather the many graces this time of waiting has afforded us. And to start with thanksgiving for all the ways we’ve seen the presence of Christ in these difficult times seems like an excellent starting point. Please know I give thanks for each one of you each day and your faithfulness continues to sustain me.  

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